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EU ruling 'gives chemical company the edge'

Published 9th January, 2017 by Neil Nixon

EU ruling 'gives chemical company the edge'

Industrial and institutional cleaning businesses can now source EU-approved biocidal disinfectants from the UK as Airedale Chemical, the only British-based producer, receives BPR approval for its peracetic acid (PAA) products. Following confirmation of its place on the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), Airedale Chemical reports that it has become the sole UK-based manufacturer directly approved for the production of PAA.

Peracetic acid is emerging as a popular alternative to sodium hypochlorite due to its effective biocidal qualities. It also requires no rinsing and is less harmful to the environment and waterways than other more traditional disinfectants.

The Biocidal Products Regulation stipulates that chemicals such as disinfectants, pest control products and preservatives now have to be approved by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and covers biocidal products used in the protection of materials, humans and animals against bacteria, pests and other harmful organisms.

Chris Chadwick, managing director at Airedale Chemical, said: “Securing Airedale Chemical’s registration has been a lengthy process but incredibly worthwhile as the purpose of the Europe-wide regulation is to ensure the greatest protection of people and the environment from the use of biocides - and to improve how the biocidal market operates within the EU. This approval demonstrates how our company and our family of peracetic acid products meets the stringent requirements set by the governing body. Biocides are used extensively in the cleaning industry and our new status allows us to further develop our peracetic acid products and continue to lead the way with a range of effective and approved biocides.”

The global peracetic acid market is estimated to be worth around £30 million and projected to grow to almost £45 million by 2018. Airedale Chemical supplies PAA in dilutions of 5% and 15% and is also available as Airocide PAAD, the DEFRA approved peracetic and detergent solution for agricultural, dairy and avian applications.

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